JULY 5 - 8, 2017

Surround yourself with people who get it, learn from experts, and form lifelong bonds. This year’s event will be held at the spectacular Hilton Orlando resort, with two temperature-controlled pools, lazy river, whirlpool, a winding water slide, tennis, volleyball, and basketball courts, an inexpensive trolley ride away from International Drive‘s shopping, attractions, and dining experiences, including SeaWorld and Universal Orlando Resort, and a 7-mile shuttle ride away from DisneyWorldEpcot, and other area attractions! For more information, including registration, see the General Information tab below.

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Friday, July 7 • 9:00am - 10:15am
Using Visual Schedules To Promote Independence And Success

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Individuals with special needs often have difficulties coping with unstructured time or unexpected events and benefit from increased structure in their lives. The advantages to using a visual schedule with individuals with special needs include:

  • It communicates a concrete message and therefore provides a receptive communication system to increase understanding of what is expected;
  • It helps the individual to learn new things;
  • It decreases misused free time;
  • It helps the individual remain calm and reduces inappropriate behaviors; and
  • It helps the individual to develop accountability and independence.

This session will introduce parents and caregivers to the concept of using visual schedules at home and at school.


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Nicole Murray

Director of Development, The Brain Recovery Project
Nicole Murray serves as the Sponsorship Chair for the Organizing Committee and is responsible for securing sponsors to support the conference. Nicole is Partnership and Development Lead for The Brain Recovery Project where she develops and manages relationships with corporate and... Read More →

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Joanna Couch, M. Ed.

Coordinator, Center for Autism and Related Disabilities - University of Central Florida
Joanna works for the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at the University of Central Florida. She received her undergraduate degree in Special Education: Varying Exceptionalities and her Master’s in Educational Leadership from the University of South Florida. Joanna currently... Read More →

Friday July 7, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
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